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My Stirling

Our innovative My Stirling Award is a great way to gain recognition for your extra-curricular achievements. It will give you an edge in the competitive graduate jobs market, as employers look for graduates that have made the most of opportunities at university and outside of their studies. 

The Award recognises the wide range of skills and attributes you develop through your extra-curricular activities. You’re probably already undertaking activities that are eligible for the My Stirling Award. Part-time work, volunteering and involvement with university clubs and societies all count. There are three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold, which will be listed on your degree transcript and will show employers that you’re a candidate to consider.

Why complete the My Stirling Award?

  • Get recognition on your transcript for your extra-curricular achievements
  • Gain a better understanding of the workplace
  • Learn more about yourself including your strengths and areas for improvement
  • Develop your skills and be able to articulate what you can offer to future employers
  • Improve your confidence

You may already be undertaking many of the activities required for the award, so it makes sense to be formally recognised for these. 

Who can complete the Award?

All undergraduate students are now eligible to take part. 

What types of activity does it cover?

The areas of activity the award covers fall in to four categories: work experience, campus activity, community activity and careers activity.

Here’s some of the activities previous students on the award have undertaken:

  • Part-time work
  • Holding a committee position with a club or society
  • Undertaking an internship
  • Attending a careers fair
  • Taking part in our peer mentoring programme STEER
  • Supporting the Students’ Union with a role or project
  • Volunteering for a local charity
  • Work shadowing
  • Attending our Careers and Employability Service events

What hours does it require?

The award can be completed at three levels, Gold, Silver and Bronze, and each requires different hours for successful completion. 

It should be relatively straightforward to complete the award alongside your studies and other commitments. You have a full year to do it and there’s always the option to drop down or move up a level too.

Bronze: 50 hours across any two categories. Plus a skills audit, completed e-portfolio and reflective summary.

Silver: 75 hours across any three categories. Plus a skills audit, completed e-portfolio, reflective summary and completion of a LinkedIn profile. 

Gold: 100 hours across all four categories. Plus a skills audit, completed e-portfolio, reflective summary, completed LinkedIn profile and a mock job interview. 

How to sign up

You can register for the Award by completing our easy online form

The registration deadline is Sunday 27 October 2019.

What students say about the My Stirling Award?

The My Stirling Award is a fantastic opportunity to set you out on a personal development path, which you are able to tailor to yourself. There is support and guidance along the way but you are in the driver’s seat and able to take any path you choose.

Cameron Reid, Gold Award completer

My Stirling Award has allowed me to grow in confidence and experience. I have participated in activities I may otherwise not have undertaken. Consequently, I feel more equipped to pursue my teaching career and I hope to achieve my full potential.

Hayley Saunders, Silver Award completer

Further information

Find out more about the My Stirling Award by coming along to one of our regular information sessions held during semester.

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